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Wedding Photographer Chris Parkes
Quinton House, London
I’m Chris. As a teen I used to look at pictures in books: now I get to create pictures for a living. The best part of my job is going to be you: I’m looking for adventurous, creative and fun-loving clients who like to work as hard as I do. I want you to be you: and I want that to fill you with the enthusiasm that’s going to help us make great, eye-catching work together.
A few things about me:
I’m a pretty good dancer.
I make memories for my clients, but what they don’t always know is that they make memories for me too.
Thanks for everything mom. You too dad. And bro. And sis. And my nieces. And all my friends. So much of where I am is because you were all there cheering my on from the sidelines at one point or another.
There was a time when I double-dutied as a forensic imaging specialist and a gogo boy. True story.
This Emma and Daniel. They’ve been together 10 years and have two stupidly photogenic kids called Rocco and Sonny. The reason Rocco and Sunny are so cute is because, well, these two are just stunning. And the kicker is they’re lovely; funny, positive people, just heaps of fun to be around.
So they got married in this lovely church in Sarf Lundin and then we headed over to the reception venue in this Rolls Royce. It was a blazing hot summer day, so the windows were down. In the back of the Rolls was a bottle of champagne BUT they weren’t allowed to drink it! Not out of the provided glasses though. So they drank it out the bottle. I liked them for their chutzpah; this gorgeous, funny couple taking no shizzle. I was in the front. I knew this may make a good photo. Being part of Fearless Photographers has helped me be just that; more fearless, less afraid to shoot what I know is good material, to surprise my clients and myself. I twisted in the seat, metering for the interior of the Rolls, the light bouncing off the tan leather seats, the windows beautifully blown out, Daniel on his phone, Emma swigging from the bottle, me on my Nikon with a 28-70 I picked up second hand in New York ( I almost wish I had shot this on a 17-35 as I think the composition is a teeny bit tight) and a few frames later the moment had passed and we were waving to friends as they passed us in London traffic. The rest of the day was equally fun, riotous, full of love and silliness, with just really nice people around.
When it came to the edit I grinned. I had it. This looked really good, it was funny without being mocking, they looked great, it was them and a black and white layer with the reds pushed down a bit and a high pass on a soft light layer at about 30% opacity to pop the contrast, I was happy. I was even happier when they loved it as much as I did. It ended up on their thank you cards and won a coveted Fearless Award. I’m still really proud of it. It’s sort of a creative milestone and it reminds me it’s OK to be myself. In fact it makes me a better wedding photographer which benefits everyone!
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